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7NEWS.com.au launches Happening Now

By 7NEWS

Australian-first ‘made for mobile’ brekky show

7NEWS.com.au – Australia’s #1 online news service for under 40s – has announced an all-new, Australian-first ‘made for mobile’ vertical format digital breakfast program, Happening Now, that launched 7am AEDT Monday.

Produced in 7NEWS.com.au’s custom-built digital studio at Channel 7’s studios in Martin Place, Happening Now will cover the biggest headlines of the day you need to know and must-watch video.

The snappy, convenient five-minute episodes will be available weekdays from 7am AEDT via your local 7NEWS Facebook and Instagram pages, the 7NEWS Australia YouTube channel and 7NEWS.com.au, purpose-produced in vertical format to be viewed on a smartphone device from anywhere – the train, bus, in your kitchen, on the treadmill or from bed.

The launch of Happening Now follows the success of 7NEWS.com.au’s The Latest on Facebook Watch, Australia’s #1 – and one of the world’s most-watched – digital news show having amassed a staggering 400 million views and counting.

We’re incredibly grateful to our global community for making The Latest on Facebook Watch so successful, it’s now time to add to the family.

Happening Now is the first of its kind in Australia, a ‘made for mobile’ vertical video breakfast show, the cool new format will come to wherever you are.

Phil Goyen, 7NEWS.com.au Executive Producer
Phil Goyen

7NEWS.com.au #1 with young Australians

By 7NEWS
Phil Goyen

• #1 news website for under 40s
• Average daily unique audience: 1.29 million
• Average monthly page views: 69.7 million
• Australia’s #1 social news brand
• Australia’s #1 digital news show, The Latest

7NEWS.com.au has cemented its position as the leading news website for Australians aged under 40, according to new data from Nielsen Digital Content Ratings (DCR).

The Nielsen DCR report for November shows 7NEWS.com.au was the #1 news website among hard-to-reach young Australians: it was #1 overall among women under 35 and the #1 commercial news website among men under 40. The website’s total unique audience in November was 9.52 million, up 14.2% on November last year.

The new numbers follow an outstanding year for the Seven Network’s news website, which has built an average daily unique audience of 1.29 million.

Across 2020, 7NEWS.com.au has seen an average of 69.7 million page views a month.

7NEWS.com.au is now Australia’s largest social news brand, reaching more than 13.2 million people or more than 50% of the population.

It is also home to Australia’s #1 digital news show, The Latest, which was racked up more than 400 million views since it launched in August 2019.

The success of The Latest has made 7NEWS.com.au one of the fastest-growing YouTube channels in Australia. The number of subscribers has jumped 244% over the past year, while the number of minutes watched has soared 1740%.

Exclusive reporting and content have been critical to 7NEWS.com.au’s rapid growth and early next year it will launch two new original shows:

Doing Life Differently With Ciaran Lyons, a made-for-mobile documentary series that explores Australia’s hidden worlds including swingers, furries and Satanists.

Happening Now, a daily made-for-mobile digital news show.

With content from Australia’s most-watched television news service, 7NEWS, plus a digital newsroom dedicated to local breaking news and original reporting and content, 7NEWS.com.au has become a significant force in just 18 months.

I’m thrilled with the community we’ve been able to build in such a short amount of time. We think about the 7NEWS.com.au audience 24/7, we’re entirely here for them and I look forward to connecting with even more Aussies as we grow and evolve.

I’m also extremely excited about our new original shows for 2021. I can’t wait for the world to see them.

Phil Goyen, Head of 7NEWS Digital

7NEWS US Bureau recognised with Walkley Award for Excellence in Journalism

By 7NEWS, SEVEN

7NEWS reporter Amelia Brace and cameraman Tim Myers were tonight recognised with the Walkley Award for Excellence in Journalism in the Television/Video: News Reporting category for their courageous broadcasting efforts after being assaulted by US riot police live on air while covering a Black Lives Matter protest just a stone’s throw from the White House.

Brace and Myers were broadcasting live to Seven’s Sunrise on June 1 this year when they were belted with an armoured shield and Brace whacked in the back with a truncheon as police violently cleared Lafayette Square in Washington, D.C. Despite their injuries, the pair went on to broadcast non-stop for some 12 hours across Sunrise, 7NEWS and The Latest.

Brace later addressed a US congressional committee about the incident as part of a broader investigation into the police response to peaceful protesters in D.C. that day to clear the way for the arrival of President Donald Trump for his now infamous photo opportunity outside St John’s Episcopal Church.

This story was never about us. It’s about the people who were peacefully and legally protesting. We’re grateful and humbled that our coverage drew attention to what happened that day. It was a confronting moment for America and certainly for us. We hope this serves as a reminder of the important role of the media and the need for us to do our jobs safely.

Tim and I appreciate the ongoing support of the team at Seven and the recognition of the Walkley Foundation. I, personally, appreciate Tim’s professionalism, camera work and, most of all, friendship through those days and weeks in Washington, and the many years in the US.

Amelia Brace, 7NEWS Reporter
Amelia Brace

You shouldn’t become the story by simply doing your job but in the chaos the world witnessed there are circumstances you have no control over. Amelia and Tim produced fearless and measured reporting across a frantic 24 hours. The award is a tribute to their courage and poise under extreme pressure.

Craig McPherson, Network Director of News and Public Affairs
Paul Walker

7NEWS receives two Kennedy Awards for excellence in journalism

By 7NEWS, SEVEN
7NEWS senior cameraman Paul Walker and US Bureau Chief Ashlee Mullany

7NEWS has been recognised with two awards for excellence in journalism at the ninth annual 2020 Kennedy Awards in Sydney on Friday night.

US Bureau Chief Ashlee Mullany, currently in Washington, D.C. covering the US Election, accepted the inaugural Tom Krause Award for Outstanding Foreign Correspondent for her exclusive feature report, Inside a COVID Warzone.

The confronting 24-hour ride along with New York paramedics as they responded to urgent call-outs during the height of the city’s COVID-19 crisis gave Australian audiences raw insight into what happens when the virus goes uncontrolled in a densely populated society, featuring emotional, unfiltered interviews with victims and their families.

I’ve had the privilege of witnessing some remarkable things in America over the last four years, both good and bad. And things felt a little scary at times, particularly at the start of this year as this pandemic was playing out.

I want to extend my thanks to our Chairman Kerry Stokes for his continued support, his investment in quality journalism. It does feel like there has never been a more important time for the public to be able to turn to trusted news sources and have eyes and ears on the ground in places like America in what has been such a tumultuous year.

Ashlee Mullany, US Bureau Chief
(via an acceptance video from the White House)

7NEWS senior cameraman Paul Walker, nominated alongside colleagues Cam Wallis and Tim Myers for their camera work in the US, received the Gary Ticehurst Award for Outstanding TV News Camera Coverage for his footage of the 2019 Sydney CBD stabbing.

Walker instinctively picked up his camera and captured every chilling moment as the attack played out in front of him, with the accused Mert Nay eventually restrained by members of the public – the exclusive vision broadcast in real-time and beamed around the world.

Walker paid tribute to the courage of reporter Andrew Denney and those individuals who jumped in without hesitation to stop him.

I’m very proud to be part of the 7NEWS team and honoured to receive this award from my peers.

Paul Walker, 7NEWS senior cameraman

The Kennedy Awards are named after veteran police reporter Les Kennedy, who died in 2011 at the age of 53.

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